If I have more than one DWI / DUI, will my penalties be the same as the first one?

No. Penalties for DWI / DUI charges work on an escalating basis. The more convictions you have, the worse your penalties will be. A first offense will come with a maximum of $2,000 in fines, a possible suspension of your driver's license for a year and up to six months in jail. If your blood alcohol level is found to be 1.5 or above, a first offense will be punished as a second offense. A second offense will carry a maximum sentence of a year in jail, a suspension of your driver's license, and up to $4,000 in fines. A third conviction of driving while intoxicated is a third degree felony, and can result in a ten years in jail, $10,000 in fines and a driver's license suspension. If you have other felony convictions for any other criminal offense, the State can use those convictions to raise the third degree felony conviction to a higher range of punishment. If you have a child under 15 years of age as a passenger in your vehicle, a first offense with be a state jail felony, a maximum sentence of two years in state jail facility, a suspension of your driver's license, and up to $10,000 in fines.

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